Celebrating a Decade of Anglo-German Exchanges

Students and staff from Kings Norton Girls’ School and German Grammar School Gymnasium Melle celebrated the 10th year of their Anglo-German Exchange at an afternoon tea party, held at Kings Norton Girls’ School, where they were joined by Birmingham’s Lord Mayor, Raymond Hassall.

The celebratory event held on Saturday 10th October, was attended by staff and pupils past and present, who have been involved in the exchange over the last 10 years. As part of the celebrations KNGS presented Gymnasium Melle with a flag designed by students, depicting the friendship and partnership of the exchange. The students also painted a mural of the flag in the corridor at KNGS, as a lasting memory of the event.

Ms Fox, head teacher of KNGS addressed the guests and commented, “I am really proud of the commitment of both schools to this exchange partnership and I am delighted to be celebrating its 10th year. Opportunities such as these are pivotal to the students developing the life skills and confidence, to help them succeed in their futures.”

Lord Mayor, Ray Hassall said “It is a joy to witness the partnership and friendship evident between Kings Noton Girls’ School and Gymnasium Melle, I strongly encourage the students to nurture these international friendships, which will bring them so much pleasure throughout life.”

As part of the proceedings current exchange partners were given the opportunity to interview alumni of the exchange about their experiences and reflections:

Christina Hoffmann, a German participant of six years ago and currently doing a practical placement as part of her university course at Osnabrueck University said: “British people are so friendly. I liked to see a different culture and country. An exchange is a great experience that can influence your future life immensely.”

Steph Phillips who took part in the exchange in 2008 said: The German exchange was an amazing opportunity, which gave me a love for another country’s culture, language and cities. The memories gained are irreplaceable and the bonds made during are something ever so special. The exchange has influenced my life greatly, it helped me interact with people from different walks of life, it has given me a passion to learn not just the German language but the curiosity to learn other languages and also to travel.”

Girls from Kings Norton Girls’ School will be returning the visit to Gymnasium Melle in February 2016 as part of the on-going exchange programme.

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